Photonics and LED Lighting News

One billion suns: World's brightest laser sparks new behavior in light

Physicists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are seeing an everyday phenomenon in a new light.

Posted on 26 June 2017 | 3:00 pm

Artificial iris responds to light like the human eye

An artificial iris manufactured from intelligent, light-controlled polymer material can react to incoming light in the same ways as the human eye. The iris was developed by the Smart Photonic Materials research group from the TUT, and it was recently published in the Advanced Materials journal.

Posted on 26 June 2017 | 9:45 am

Team launches 'comb and copter' system to map atmospheric gases

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Boulder have demonstrated a new mobile, ground-based system that could scan and map atmospheric gas plumes over kilometer distances.

Posted on 23 June 2017 | 5:19 pm

Quantum thermometer or optical refrigerator?

In an arranged marriage of optics and mechanics, physicists have created microscopic structural beams that have a variety of powerful uses when light strikes them. Able to operate in ordinary, room-temperature environments, yet exploiting some of the deepest principles of quantum physics, these optomechanical systems can act as inherently accurate thermometers, or conversely, as a type of optical shield that diverts heat. The research was performed by a team led by the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), a research collaboration of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland.

Posted on 22 June 2017 | 6:00 pm

A 100-year-old physics problem has been solved

At EPFL, researchers challenge a fundamental law and discover that more electromagnetic energy can be stored in wave-guiding systems than previously thought. The discovery has implications in telecommunications. Working around the fundamental law, they conceived resonant and wave-guiding systems capable of storing energy over a prolonged period while keeping a broad bandwidth. Their trick was to create asymmetric resonant or wave-guiding systems using magnetic fields.

Posted on 22 June 2017 | 6:00 pm

New screen coating makes reading in sunlight a lot easier—the secret? Moth eyes

Screens on even the newest phones and tablets can be hard to read outside in bright sunlight. Inspired by the nanostructures found on moth eyes, researchers have developed a new antireflection film that could keep people from having to run to the shade to look at their mobile devices.

Posted on 22 June 2017 | 2:36 pm

3-D virus cam catches germs red-handed

Before germs like viruses can make you sick, they first have to make a landing on one of your cells—Mars Rover style—and then punch their way inside.

Posted on 22 June 2017 | 1:10 pm

Ultra-thin camera creates images without lenses

Traditional cameras—even those on the thinnest of cell phones—cannot be truly flat due to their optics: lenses that require a certain shape and size in order to function. At Caltech, engineers have developed a new camera design that replaces the lenses with an ultra-thin optical phased array (OPA). The OPA does computationally what lenses do using large pieces of glass: it manipulates incoming light to capture an image.

Posted on 22 June 2017 | 12:18 pm

Camera captures microscopic holograms at femtosecond speeds

Researchers from ITMO University have built a setup for recording holograms of tiny objects like living cells at femtosecond speeds. The new method reconstructs the phase topography of a sample according to deformations that emerge in a laser pulse when it passes through the specimen. In comparison to electron microscopes, the device can visualize transparent biological structures without introducing contrast agents. The paper was published in Applied Physics Letters.

Posted on 22 June 2017 | 10:40 am

Self-assembling reagents with tunable colors and brightness enable highly multiplexed tagging, microscopic imaging

Biomedical researchers are understanding the functions of molecules within the body's cells in ever greater detail by increasing the resolution of their microscopes. However, what's lagging behind is their ability to simultaneously visualize the many different molecules that mediate complex molecular processes in a single snap-shot.

Posted on 21 June 2017 | 6:00 pm

New 3-D display takes the eye fatigue out of virtual reality

There is a great deal of excitement around virtual reality (VR) headsets that display a computer-simulated world and augmented reality (AR) glasses that overlay computer-generated elements with the real world. Although AR and VR devices are starting to hit the market, they remain mostly a novelty because eye fatigue makes them uncomfortable to use for extended periods. A new type of 3D display could solve this long-standing problem by greatly improving the viewing comfort of these wearable devices.

Posted on 21 June 2017 | 2:50 pm

Scientists turbocharge high-resolution, 3-D imaging

You may not have heard of optical coherence tomography, or OCT. But if you've visited an ophthalmologist recently, chances are your eye came within an inch or two of a scanning device employing the technology. Tens of thousands of these devices are in place in doctors' offices, where they're widely used to check for eye diseases.

Posted on 20 June 2017 | 3:52 pm

New laser technique identifies the makeup of space debris, from painted shards to Teflon

Hundreds of millions of pieces of space junk orbit the Earth daily, from chips of old rocket paint, to shards of solar panels, and entire dead satellites. This cloud of high-tech detritus whirls around the planet at about 17,500 miles per hour. At these speeds, even trash as small as a pebble can torpedo a passing spacecraft.

Posted on 20 June 2017 | 11:45 am

Soliton molecules caused to vibrate like real molecules

(—A team of researchers with the University of Burgundy in France has shown that solitons can vibrate like real molecules when paired. They have published a paper describing their technique and findings in the Physical Review Letters journal.

Posted on 20 June 2017 | 11:37 am

Changing the color of laser light on the femtosecond time scale

How can the color of laser light be changed? One popular method to achieve this is the so-called second harmonic generation (SHG) effect, which doubles the frequency of light and hence changes its color. However, observing this nonlinear effect requires a polar crystal in which inversion symmetry is broken. For this reason, identifying crystals that can elicit strong SHG is an important research topic with applications in materials science.

Posted on 15 June 2017 | 10:10 am

Manufacturing hybrid silicon lasers for mass-produced photonic devices

Producing semiconductor lasers on a silicon wafer is a long-held goal for the electronics industry, but their fabrication has proved challenging. Now, researchers at A*STAR have developed an innovative way to manufacture them that is cheap, simple and scalable.

Posted on 14 June 2017 | 11:32 am

Learning with light: New system allows optical 'deep learning'

"Deep Learning" computer systems, based on artificial neural networks that mimic the way the brain learns from an accumulation of examples, have become a hot topic in computer science. In addition to enabling technologies such as face- and voice-recognition software, these systems could scour vast amounts of medical data to find patterns that could be useful diagnostically, or scan chemical formulas for possible new pharmaceuticals.

Posted on 12 June 2017 | 8:29 pm

Optical communication at record-high speed via soliton frequency combs generated in optical microresonators

Optical solitons are special wave packages that propagate without changing their shape. In optical communications, solitons can be used for generating frequency combs with various spectral lines, which allow to realize particularly efficient and compact high-capacity optical communication systems. This was demonstrated recently by researchers from KIT's Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics (IPQ) and Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT) together with researchers from EPFL's Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurements (LPQM).

Posted on 8 June 2017 | 10:13 am

Researchers image quasiparticles that could lead to faster circuits, higher bandwidths

Zhe Fei pointed to the bright and dark vertical lines running across his computer screen. This nano-image, he explained, shows the waves associated with a half-light, half-matter quasiparticle moving inside a semiconductor.

Posted on 7 June 2017 | 2:52 pm

'Scrambled light' wavemeter breakthrough

A breakthrough innovation in the measurement of lasers can measure changes one millionth of the size of an atom and could revolutionize their use in quantum technologies and healthcare thanks to new, lower-cost technology.

Posted on 5 June 2017 | 12:56 pm

Sensing the nanoscale with visible light, and the fundamentals of disordered waves

A new experiment appearing in Science shows that features that are even 100 times smaller than the wavelength can still be sensed by light.

Posted on 1 June 2017 | 6:00 pm

Seeing through materials with visible light

With yogurt and crushed glass, University of Michigan researchers have taken a step toward using visible light to image inside the body. Their method for focusing light through these materials is much faster and simpler than today's dominant approach.

Posted on 1 June 2017 | 11:52 am

Scientists improve an X-ray fluorescence analysis algorithm

Scientists from the Faculty of Chemistry of the Lomonosov Moscow State University have performed computations and derived new equations to conduct X-ray fluorescence analysis with higher accuracy in comparison to current algorithms. This method doesn't require a large number of reference materials and operates with complex composition samples. The chemists have represented their research in the journal Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms.

Posted on 1 June 2017 | 9:54 am

Looking at complex light wave forms

For the first time, an international research team under the direction of Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Sansone at the Institute of Physics at the University of Freiburg has been able to completely characterize the complex evolution of weak electric fields. The team just published its research findings in the scientific journal Nature Photonics.

Posted on 31 May 2017 | 12:40 pm

Photonic 'hypercrystals' shed stronger light

Sources that integrate two artificial optical material concepts may drive ultrafast "Li-Fi" communications.

Posted on 30 May 2017 | 9:52 pm

New plasmonic sensor improves early cancer detection

A new plasmonic sensor developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will serve as a reliable early detection of biomarkers for many forms of cancer and eventually other diseases.

Posted on 30 May 2017 | 8:23 pm

Breakthrough curved sensor could dramatically improve image quality captured with digital cameras

If you've ever tried to take a picture in a dark restaurant, you know that it is difficult to get a clear, quality image. In the future, cameras might not struggle under these conditions thanks to a newly developed method for spherically curving the flat image sensors found in today's digital cameras.

Posted on 30 May 2017 | 3:53 pm

Researchers develop the first broadband image sensor array based on graphene-CMOS integration

Over the past 40 years, microelectronics have advanced by leaps and bounds thanks to silicon and complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology, enabling computing, smartphones, compact and low-cost digital cameras, as well as most of the electronic gadgets we rely on today.

Posted on 30 May 2017 | 10:17 am

Research develops world's highest gain high-power laser amplifier

The world's highest gain high power laser amplifier - by many orders of magnitude - has been developed in research led at the University of Strathclyde.

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 3:30 pm

New technology could revolutionize 3-D printing

A technology originally developed to smooth out and pattern high-powered laser beams for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) can be used to 3-D print metal objects faster than ever before, according to a new study by Lawrence Livermore researchers.

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 11:00 am

The world’s largest LED screen in Indonesia with 353 meters length

LED screens are now very common as business carrier in cities. And the LED display in Mall Taman Anggrek Jakarta, Indonesia is the largest in the world by now. [Read more...]

Posted on 13 May 2015 | 10:09 am

Sanan Q1 revenue is over 900 million yuan

Sanan Optoelectronics Co., Ltd disclosured its first quarter report in 21th evening April, that the company achieved revenues of 927 million yuan (about US$ 149.58 million dollar), an increase of 12.65% as the same period of last year's 823 million yuan (about US$ 132.80 million dollar). [Read more...]

Posted on 22 April 2015 | 3:36 am

GLT developed a slim LED panel light

American Lighting manufacturers Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) has developed ultra-thin LED panel light which adopts light guiding panel. The size of the lighting panel is 4 inches (about 10cm), thickness is 3.5mm, and the luminous efficiency is 115lm/W,which is in high level among the light guiding panel. [Read more...]

Posted on 18 April 2015 | 9:38 am

Recycling Sunday: A plastic charity activity

In Warsaw Poland, to enhance people's awareness of environmental protection, Luzinterruptus held a 12-hour charity called Recycling Sunday by using plastic bags, the activity brought thousands of luminous plastic bags which scattered in the square. [Read more...]

Posted on 17 April 2015 | 7:14 am

Samsung may rebuild OLED TV division

Samsung Display split the LCD panel and OLED business into two divisions again, it seems that Samsung want to assign professionals for the two departments, and boost marketing capabilities, the market rumors that Samsung intends to rebuild its OLED TV business. [Read more...]

Posted on 6 April 2015 | 10:00 am

Philips will launch growing bowl – Hue Go

Recently, Philips revealed its intelligent lighting "Hue" series will add a new member - "Hue Go". This new product with bowl shapes, but it not only a bowl, same with the previous Hue series, it can be connected to the phone associated with the APP. [Read more...]

Posted on 5 April 2015 | 8:07 am

GO Scale Capital acquired 80.1% of the Lumileds shares

Philips officially announced on 31st March that 80.1% of the Lumileds shares have been acquired by GO Scale Capital, Philips will retain the remaining 19.9% stake. GO Scale Capital is a new investment fund sponsored by GSR Ventures and Oak Investment Partners. The consortium partners are Asia Pacific Resource Development, Nanchang Industrial Group and GSR Capital. [Read more...]

Posted on 2 April 2015 | 8:19 am

Spirit: kite LED light sculpture

The United States, Canada and Australia always provide comfortable environment for Children's Hospitals, and the Oklahoma hospital installed a kite LED lamps to provide cozy lighting for little patient. [Read more...]

Posted on 27 March 2015 | 10:26 am

Samsung is accelerating the development of silicon substrate

Recently, Samsung intends to merge LED production lines "Line 3" and "SR line" together to "Line 5" which is located in Gyeonggi-do. Line 5 was originally responsible for production of Samsung's semiconductor products, but the company decides to convert it to LED chip production line, it mainly produces 4-inch and 8-inch products. [Read more...]

Posted on 18 March 2015 | 9:21 am

Indian Andhra Pradesh plan to replace large-scale LED street light

P Narayana, the Minister of Municipal Administration Department said at the LED manufacturing National Conference that "Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu set a goal to install energy-efficient LED lighting systems in 110 streets and private companies at the end of June." [Read more...]

Posted on 13 March 2015 | 3:56 am